Maine Black Bears men's ice hockey

The Maine Black Bears men's ice hockey is an (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Maine. The Black Bears are a member of Hockey East. Home games are played at Harold Alfond Sports Arena commonly known as Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.

Maine Black Bears men's ice hockey
Current season
Maine Black Bears athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Maine
ConferenceHockey East
Head coachBen Barr
3rd season, 22–38–9 (.384)
Assistant coaches
ArenaHarold Alfond Sports Arena
Orono, Maine
ColorsMaine blue, white, and navy[1]
Fight songThe Maine Stein Song / For Maine!
MascotBananas T. Bear
NCAA Tournament championships
1993, 1999
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1995, 2002, 2004
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
Conference Tournament championships
1989, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2004
Conference regular season championships
1988, 1993, 1995
Current uniform

The Black Bears have appeared in 11 Frozen Fours, have a 28–18 record in NCAA Tournament games, and have won two national championships—in 1993 and 1999.

Program history edit

Birth of Maine ice hockey (1977–84) edit

The University of Maine, then known as the University of Maine at Orono, officially developed an NCAA-sanctioned men's ice hockey program in 1977. The program and arena construction happened at the same time.

This was not, however, the first attempt at birthing a permanent hockey program in Orono. Maine played in 17 games of college hockey in 1922 and 1923. They played other Maine colleges such as Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates. This program did not stick, and it would be over 5 decades before organized hockey would become a staple at the state's flagship university.

Upon its foundation in 1977, the program was coached by Jack Semler (University of Vermont '68). Maine enjoyed modest success under Semler boasting winning records in 3 of their first 4 regular seasons. The Black Bears competed in The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) during their first 7 years of existence, all of which were under Semler. The ECAC was recognized as Division-II hockey until 1979 at which point the conference, and thus Maine, became Division-I – the level of competition they have competed in ever since.

Shawn Walsh era (1984–2001) edit

Following the 1983–84 season, head coach Jack Semler submitted their resignation.[1] With Maine set to join the newly formed Hockey East Association, Maine hired Shawn Walsh, a 29-year-old assistant at Michigan State University and ex-3rd string goalie at Bowling Green State University. Walsh was assistant coach for Ron Mason at Michigan State and Alma Mater. In only half a decade, the Spartans went from being sub-.500 performers to national contenders.

They inherited a struggling team, so win/loss improvement was not immediate; Maine posted a 23–57–2 record over Walsh's first two years with the program. However, Walsh was getting good recruits and convincing the school, state, and fans that UMaine could become a college hockey powerhouse. In 1986, Walsh and the program saw the first of many significant accomplishments. At 24–16–2, he posted his first winning season as a head coach. The team also made its first NCAA tournament appearance that season, coincidentally losing in the first round to Michigan State.

After finishing as the conference runner up in '87 and '88, Maine brought home its first significant championship in the 1988–89 season. Walsh's Black Bears skated past Boston College in a 5–4 win for their first of 5 HEA Championships. Four of these would come under Walsh. Due to the success and popularity of the program, Alfond Arena expanded its capacity from 3,800 to more than 5,000 in 1992.

1993 National Championship edit

Maine was a heavy favorite to win its first national championship during the '91–'92 season. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed when they suffered a surprise first-round loss to Michigan State. The team lost many important players, including Hobey Baker Award winner Scott Pellerin, after the season. People expected the team to underperform entering '92–'93.

However, college hockey would soon learn that the Black Bears had an exceptionally gifted freshman class on their hands in 1992. This included future NHL Star Paul Kariya, and highly touted identical twin forwards Peter and Chris Ferraro. With Jim Montgomery, "Little" Cal Ingraham, Chris Imes, Garth Snow and Mike Dunham, Maine had a chance to make history.

Kariya scored 100 points in one season at school, while Montgomery finished his successful college years with 301 points. They had a 42–1–2 season record, won the HEA regular season title, and won the HEA conference championship. They also won their first national championship.

Their destiny was almost blown during the Frozen Four semifinals against the University of Michigan when the referees disallowed an otherwise legitimate Maine goal. The backside of the net was raised when the puck slid in causing confusion as to if it really went in. As a result, the game was tied at the end of regulation when Maine felt they should have won. In overtime, Lee Saunders scored the game-winner and sent Maine to the title game against defending champ Lake Superior State University.

Maine's near-perfect season found itself in jeopardy once again in the championship game. Despite an early and promising 2–0 lead, the Bears found themselves trailing the seasoned Lakers 4–2 after two periods. Working double shifts for period number three, two likely heroes emerged. Jim Montgomery scored a natural hat-trick in the third period, lifting Maine to a 5–4 win. Kariya assisted on all three goals.

There was a crackdown on many big college hockey programs during the 1990s for playing athletes who were deemed ineligible. Maine was one of these teams, and they suffered consequences including forfeited losses both retroactively and in future seasons. Some people questioned whether the 1993 title was real. But the NCAA let it go because the players were from past seasons and didn't play in Maine's championship.

1999 National Championship edit

The middle years of the 1990s were bittersweet for the Black Bears. They enjoyed some on-ice success and finished the national runner up in 1995, but due to sanctions and penalties for reasons previously mentioned, they were unable to compete in the NCAA tournament in 1996 and '97.

The 1998–1999 season crowned a much-less-likely champion than that of 1993. Maine did not win the regular season crown, nor did they even land in their own conference tournament final. They advanced to the NCAAs on an at-large bid due to a successful regular season, but were not most analysts' favorite to win the national title.

Following wins over Ohio State and Clarkson University, Maine advanced to the 1999 Frozen Four in Anaheim, California, where they would meet some familiar foes. Not long after Maine and Boston College met in the Hockey East semifinals, they squared off again in the national semis, with Maine goalie Alfie Michaud besting Scott Clemmensen and lifting the Black Bears past the Eagles 2–1 in overtime.

Though Maine's traditional nemesis for years was Boston University (not only through meaningful games, but because of a well-documented rivalry between Shawn Walsh and BU head coach Jack Parker), an even bigger feud was emerging between Maine and the neighboring New Hampshire Wildcats.

Led by Hobey Baker Award winner Jason Krog and future NHL goaltender Ty Conklin, #1 ranked UNH was primed to win their program's first national championship. Goals by Ben Guite and Niko Dimitrakos (Maine), and more outstanding goaltending by eventual tournament MVP Alfie Michaud kept Maine competitive and the scoreboard read 2–2 at the end of regulation.

Shortly after the 10-minute mark in OT, a careless play by UNH in their defensive zone turned into Maine's opportunity as Cory Larose swiped a drifting puck off the nearside boards and made a cross-ice pass to Marcus Gustafsson. Conklin made the initial save but with no defensive help, Gustafsson collected his own rebound and scored the game winner to clinch Maine's second national championship.

The Death of Walsh edit

Coach William "Shawn" Walsh inherited a relatively new and obscure hockey program at The University of Maine in 1984 and he was convinced that it could be built up to greatness. His finger was clearly on the pulse of every aspect of the program, and he held a sincere understanding of what it would take to develop success.

It would take a diligent combination of recruiting the right players, a proper coaching staff to develop talent, the support of the university and the Athletic Department, and highly engaged fan bases both on and off campus to create a top college-hockey program.

He took personal ownership in each of these categories. During its grassroots, there are even great stories passed on of Walsh marching into the student dining commons, standing up and shouting on the tables, rallying students down to the games, and encouraging them to create a loud and hostile environment for Maine's opponents. The light blue "Maine-iak" shirts[2] worn by the students at UMaine were one of his many ideas.

Most supporters and enthusiasts of the program credit the foundation of greatness held by the Black Bear Men's Ice Hockey team almost exclusively to Shawn Walsh.

In June 2000 Walsh was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma (cancer of the kidneys). Knowing that his time may be limited, he hand-selected the coach he wanted to take over the team were he unable to continue. Always known as a fiery coach, Walsh surprised some when he selected mild-mannered UMass Lowell River Hawks coach Tim Whitehead (Hamilton '85). Whitehead earned his graduate degree in education at the University of Maine approximately 10 years prior, and during this time he worked with Walsh as a graduate assistant coach.

Shawn Walsh died from cancer on September 24, 2001.

A green clover with his name underneath is hung in his honor along with the three retired players' numbers in Alfond Arena. In 2006 the Shawn Walsh Hockey Center, a new extension of Alfond Arena with coaching and administrative offices, meeting areas, and new player facilities opened. This several-million-dollar project was funded through private donations—many coming from dozens of players Walsh coached through his 17 years with Maine.

Tim Whitehead era (2001–2013) edit

Tim Whitehead became the interim head coach following the death of Shawn Walsh at the start of the 2001–2002 season. He was later named the permanent head coach after a very successful first campaign in a year where he was eventually honored with the Spencer Penrose award which recognizes the NCAA coach of the year. Walsh won the Penrose award in 1995.

The team reached the championship game in 2002, the first season under Whitehead. Attempting to "win it for Shawn," they had to play The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Gophers' home state for the finals. They were one minute away from a win when Minnesota tied the game with their goalie pulled. In overtime, after a tripping penalty on Michael Schutte of Maine, the Gophers scored the winning goal on the power play.

Two years later, backed by the most statistically strong single-season goalie tandem in the NCAA record books (Jimmy Howard 1.19GAA .953 Save pct *both NCAA records; Frank Doyle 1.81GAA), future NHL player Dustin Penner, a slew of popular forwards including Todd Jackson, Colin Shields, Maine's own Greg Moore and Derek Damon, conference rookie of the year Michel Leveille, and tough-guy defenseman Prestin Ryan, Maine found itself back in the big game.

The Bears controlled the tempo and jumped on the board early against University of Denver on a Derek Damon goal, but the referees disallowed the goal explaining that part of the skate of Mike Hamilton crossed a line on the goalie crease as the goal went in. Though Howard only allowed one goal, Maine's offense could not find its rhythm after the disallowed goal and they lost 1–0.

That offseason, the NCAA reviewed the rule it followed to call off Maine's goal. They decided to adjust the rule to emulate the NHL's policy on this type of play, that is, only making a "man-in-the-crease" call if the player whose skate crosses the crease actually affects the outcome of the play or the goalie's ability to make the save.

Maine Recession edit

In the summer of 2008, assistant coach Guy Perron and Volunteer Assistant Coach Grant Standbrook both stepped aside from the program. Standbrook retired, while Perron was hired as an amateur scout for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.[3] In 2006 and 2007 Maine would go to the Frozen Four but hit a regrouping session in 2008. 2008 was a dark year as Maine finished 9th in Hockey East and didn't even qualify for the playoffs, then in 2009 Maine entered the Hockey East Playoffs 8th and was eliminated in the first round by BU.

In 2010 Maine reversed their two-year drought and finished 4th in Hockey East, Maine would go all the way to the Hockey East Championship but would lose to BC. The next year a resurgent Merrimack team finished 4th and eliminated Maine from the Hockey East Tournament and once again dashed their hopes of getting back to the national tournament. Going into the 2012 Maine didn't look very likely to break the 4-year drought, especially with the early departure of junior standout Gustav Nyquist, but Spencer Abbott would step up and have an incredible campaign. Abbott would lead the nation in scoring, and lead Maine to 4th in Hockey East, Maine would go all the way to the Hockey East championship, but would once again be beat by future national champion Boston College.

Even though Maine lost in the Hockey East championship they had a good enough record to qualify for the national tournament breaking a four-year drought. The terrific 2012 season ended in the first round of the national tournament with a loss to defending national champion University of Minnesota Duluth. Whitehead was fired on Tuesday April 9, 2013, after going 11–19–8.

Red Gendron era (2013–2021) edit

On May 17, 2013, University of Maine Paul W. Ferguson and director of athletics Steve Abbott introduced Red Gendron as the fifth men's hockey head coach in the history of the University of Maine.[4] Gendron's first major step towards rebuilding Maine hockey came on June 10, 2013 when he named former Maine Black Bear and NHL player Ben Guité as his first assistant coach.[5] On June 25, 2013, Gendron announced, longtime NHL coach and scout Jay Leach as associate head coach.[6] Like Gendron, Leach previously served as an assistant coach for UMaine hockey under Shawn Walsh.

The Black Bears playing against UMass Lowell in 2014

The program has continued to struggle under Red Gendron; the Black Bears have posted just two winning seasons since 2012, and in 2014–15, they finished dead last in the Hockey East standings, with an abysmal 8-24-6 overall record, their worst season since 1982. In April 2017, Jay Leach announced his retirement from the program. Coach Guite replaced him as associate head coach. That July, the program hired former Maine goaltender Alfie Michaud as assistant coach. In the 2017–18 season, the team began to make progress, posting an 18-16-4 record, including a nine-game unbeaten streak. The team's overall record fell back slightly to 15-17-4 in the 2018–19 season, but their Hockey East conference record climbed to 11-9-4, good for sixth place out of eleven teams. The following season saw the most successful campaign of Gendron's tenure. The team was picked to finish 8th in Hockey East play, and the season opener resulted in a 7–0 loss at Providence, the worst season-opening loss in program history. However, despite the poor start, the team exceeded its meager expectations; backed by goaltender Jeremy Swayman, the Black Bears managed to finished the regular season with an 18-11-5 record (12-9-3 HEA), finishing 4th in the league and earning home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals for the first time since 2012. However, on March 12, 2020, the NCAA hockey season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gendron was named Hockey East Coach of the Year; Swayman was named Hockey East Player of the Year and the Mike Richter Award as the nation's top goaltender, becoming the first Black Bear to earn the award.

Shortly after the end of Maine's abbreviated 2020–21 season, Gendron died following a medical episode while on a golf course.[7]

Season-by-season results edit


Coaches edit

All-time coaching records edit

As of the completion of 2022–23 season[8]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1922–1923 Cuddy Murphy 1 2–3–0 .400
1923–1924 Stanley Wallace 1 4–8–0 .333
1977–1984 Jack Semler 7 100–112–1 .472
1984–1995, 1995–2001 Shawn Walsh 17† 399–215–44 .640
1995–1996 Greg Cronin 1† 21–13–2 .611
2001–2013 Tim Whitehead 12 250–171–54 .583
2013–2021 Red Gendron 8 103–137–33 .438
2021–present Ben Barr 2 22–38–9 .384
Totals 7 coaches 48 seasons 901–697–143 .559

† Greg Cronin served as the interim head coach for the 1 year that Shawn Walsh was suspended.

Championships edit

National Championships edit

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena
1993 Maine 5–4 Lake Superior State Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
1999 Maine 3–2 (OT) New Hampshire Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim

Runners-up in 1995, 2002, 2004

Hockey East Tournament Championships edit

Year Champion Score Runner-up Notes
1989 Maine 5–4 Boston College Lost to Minnesota in Frozen Four
1992 Maine 4–1 New Hampshire Lost in Regionals
1993 Maine 5–2 Boston University defeated Lake Superior State in national championship game
2000 Maine 2–1 Boston College lost to North Dakota in Frozen Four
2004 Maine 2–1 (3OT) Umass Amherst Lost to Denver in national championship game

Runners-up in 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2012

Rivalries edit

Border War/ New Hampshire Wildcats edit

The Border War refers to the rivalry between the UNH Wildcats and the Maine Black Bears. College Hockey News has ranked it as the seventh best Division I college hockey rivalry. The Rivalry is extremely intense because of the proximity of the states and the overall success of the two programs. The two programs have also met many times in meaningful post-season games. In 1999 Maine defeated UNH 3–2 in overtime to claim their second national championship, this essentially started the chant "We have 2, How about you!" chanted by Maine fans. Then again in 2002 Maine beat UNH in the national semifinals for a chance at the national championship. Maine and UNH has also met in the Hockey East playoffs many times, fueling the rivalry even more. In 2012 Maine once again defeated UNH in a large scale game at Fenway Park, winning 5–4 in overtime.

Boston College Eagles edit

The rivalry between Maine and BC is not one of as much publicity as that of Maine/UNH or BC/BU, but is still intense. Maine and BC have met in 7 Hockey East Championship games with Maine winning 2 of those championships, The teams have also met in 4 Hockey East semifinals, with Maine winning 1 semifinal against BC. This rivalry is another rivalry where the success of both teams has contributed to the intensity of the games between the two teams. Maine and BC have also met in 2 national semifinals, Maine won both meetings, but never in a national championship game. Maine and BC have 7 combined national championships.

Boston University Terriers edit

The rivalry between Maine and BU is one much like Maine/BC. They've only met in 2 Hockey East Championship, games each team winning one. In 1993 Maine lost only one game all year to BU, this loss came after taking a large lead and blowing it. Maine and BU also met in the 1995 National Championship game, BU won the game 6–2. Maine and BU have met 6 times in the Hockey East semifinals, Maine has won all 6 semifinals. The intensity of the games, combined with the mutual dislike of the fans results in very heated games every time they meet.

Florida College Classic edit

The Florida College Classic is an annual single elimination tournament played in Estero, Florida at Germain Arena. The Tournament is co-hosted by Maine and Cornell each year, also 2 other teams will play to form a semifinal format. Since Shawn Walsh was so instrumental to the inception of the tournament the Most Outstanding Player receives the Shawn Walsh Memorial Trophy. Maine has won 6 Florida College Classics and has been to 8 title games in the tournaments first 13 years.

Current roster edit

As of July 7, 2023.[9]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
3   Luke Antonacci Sophomore D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 2002-11-26 Princeton, New Jersey Sioux City (USHL)
4   Brandon Holt Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-04-30 Grand Forks, North Dakota New Mexico (NAHL)
5   Ryan Hopkins Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 2004-04-15 Penticton, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
6   Liam Lesakowski Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 2003-12-12 Buffalo, New York Cedar Rapids (USHL)
10   Cole Hanson Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-09-19 Grand Forks, North Dakota Colgate (ECAC)
11   Donavan Villeneuve-Houle Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1999-11-04 Montreal, Quebec Flin Flon (SJHL)
12   Ben Poisson (A) Graduate F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1999-08-31 Vancouver, British Columbia Prince George (BCHL)
14   Sully Scholle Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2003-03-19 Chaska, Minnesota New Mexico (NAHL)
15   Brandon Chabrier Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 2002-07-19 Bayville, New York Madison (USHL)
16   Aidan Carney Sophomore F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 2001-09-08 Paradise Valley, Arizona Amarillo (NAHL)
17   Félix Trudeau Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 2002-09-24 Terrebonne, Quebec West Kelowna (BCHL)
18   Parker Lindauer Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 2001-05-17 Madison, Wisconsin Muskegon (USHL)
20   Josh Nadeau Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 158 lb (72 kg) 2003-10-22 Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick Penticton (BCHL)
21   Reid Pabich Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-10-05 Verona, Wisconsin Madison (USHL)
22   Harrison Scott Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-09-27 San Jose, California Bentley (AHA)
23   Grayson Arnott Sophomore D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 152 lb (69 kg) 2001-06-14 Toronto, Ontario Penticton (BCHL)
24   Nolan Renwick Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 211 lb (96 kg) 2001-02-16 Milestone, Saskatchewan Omaha (USHL)
25   Nicholas Niemo Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2001-03-28 Middlebury, Vermont Bentley (AHA)
26   Thomas Freel Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2001-06-26 Aberdeen, Scotland Ottawa (CCHL)
27   Lynden Breen (A) Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 2001-05-31 Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick Fargo (USHL)
28   Anthony Calafiore Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2002-04-06 Staten Island, New York New Jersey (NAHL)
32   Victor Östman Senior G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2000-10-03 Danderyd, Sweden Chicago (USHL)
33   Connor Androlewicz Senior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 2000-11-28 St. Louis, Missouri Lincoln (USHL)
34   Bodie Nobes Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2003-07-18 Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec Green Bay (USHL)
37   David Breazeale (A) Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 2000-04-22 Grandville, Michigan Shreveport (NAHL)
39   Patriks Bērziņš Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2003-08-30 Talsi, Latvia Tri-City (USHL)
82   Bradly Nadeau Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 2005-05-05 Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick Penticton (BCHL)

Awards and honors edit

Hockey Hall of Fame edit

NCAA edit

Individual awards edit

All-American Teams edit

AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans

ECAC Hockey edit

All-Conference Teams edit

First Team All-ECAC Hockey

Second Team All-ECAC Hockey

Hockey East edit

Individual awards edit

All-Conference Teams edit

First Team

Second Team

Third Team

Rookie Team

Statistical leaders edit


Career points leaders edit

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Jim Montgomery 1989–1993 170 103 198 301
Scott Pellerin 1988–1992 167 106 117 223
Gary Conn 1977–1981 127 107 114 221
Dave Capuano 1986–1989 122 89 122 211
Jean-Yves Roy 1989–1992 124 108 95 203
Steve Kariya 1995–1999 150 78 109 187
Cory Larose 1996–2000 146 61 119 180
Martin Robitaille 1988–1992 165 69 106 175
Joe Crespi 1977–1981 125 78 90 168
Cal Ingraham 1991–1994 106 73 86 159

Career goaltending leaders edit

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

minimum 30 games played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Jimmy Howard 2002–2005 82 4825 47 23 10 148 15 .931 1.84
Frank Doyle 2002–2004 44 2504 29 8 5 279 7 .919 1.96
Mike Morrison 1998–2002 64 3095 32 8 9 113 1 .915 2.19
Ben Bishop 2005–2008 98 5607 55 34 7 21 5 .918 2.29
Jeremy Swayman 2017–2020 100 5907 47 40 12 247 4 .927 2.51

Statistics current through the start of the 2018–19 season.

Records edit

NCAA edit

Individual edit

  • Most Power Play Goals in a Game: Jay Mazur, 4 (Feb 17, 1987 vs UMass Lowell)
  • Best Save Percentage in a Season: Jimmy Howard, .956 (2003–04)

Team edit

  • Most Wins in a Season: 42 (1992–93)
  • Most Goals in a Season: 292 (1992–93)
  • Most Goals in a Period: 11 (Nov 11, 1978 vs St Thomas)
  • Most Power Play Goals in a Game: 8 (March 3, 1990 vs UMass Lowell)

Hockey East edit

Individual edit

  • Most Goals In A Game: Brian Flynn and Jay Mazur, 5
  • Most Power Play Goals In A Game: Jay Mazur, 4 (Feb 7, 1987 vs UMass Lowell)
  • Most Points In A Game By A Defenseman: Jack Capuano, 6 (Jan 30, 1988 vs New Hampshire)
  • Most Points In A Season By A Rookie: Paul Kariya, 63 (1992–93)
  • Most Assists In A Season By A Rookie: Paul Kariya, 48 (1992–93)
  • Most Assists In A Game By A Rookie: Paul Kariya, 5 (Dec 5, 1992 vs Northeastern)
  • Longest Point Streak: Paul Kariya, 23 games (1992–93)

Team edit

  • Best Win Percentage In A Season: .938 (1992–93)
  • Fewest Losses In A Season: 1 (1992–93)
  • Most Road Wins In A Season: 12 (1992–93)
  • Longest Winning Streak: 16 (Nov 7, 1992 - Feb 13, 1993)
  • Longest Unbeaten Streak: 30 (Jan 25, 1992 - Feb 13, 1993)
  • Fewest Goals Allowed In A Season: 42 (2003–04)
  • Most Power Play Goals In A Season: 50 (1990–91)
  • Most Short-Handed Goals In A Game: 3 (Jan 23, 2004 vs Boston University)

Program Records edit

Single Season edit

Career edit

Olympians edit

This is a list of Maine alumni were a part of an Olympic team.

Name Position Maine Tenure Team Year Finish
Eric Weinrich Right Wing 1985–1988   USA 1988 7th
Garth Snow Goaltender 1988–1992   USA 1994 8th
Jean-Yves Roy Right Wing 1989–1992   Canada 1994   Silver
Matt Martin Defenseman 1990–1993   USA 1994 8th
Chris Imes Defenseman 1990–1993, 1994–1995   USA 1994 8th
Peter Ferraro Right Wing 1992–1994   USA 1994 8th
Mike Dunham Goaltender 1990–1993   USA 1994, 2002 8th,   Silver
Paul Kariya Left Wing 1992–1994   Canada 1994, 2002   Silver,   Gold
Keith Carney Defenseman 1989–1991   USA 1998 6th
Jimmy Howard Goaltender 2002–2005   USA 2014 4th

Maine Sports Hall of Fame edit

The following is a list of people associated with the Maine men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame (induction date in parentheses).[10]

Black Bears in the NHL edit

As of July 1, 2023.

= NHL All-Star team = NHL All-Star[11] = NHL All-Star[11] and NHL All-Star team = Hall of Famers


Team Scoring Champions edit

Season Player GP G A TP
1978–79 Gary Conn 20 19 21 40
1979–80 Gary Conn 31 21 24 45
1980–81 Gary Conn 34 30 33 63
1981–82 Robert Lafleur 29 27 23 50
1982–83 Ray Jacques 29 15 18 33
1983–84 Todd Bjorkstrand 32 15 37 52
1984–85 Ray Jacques 41 14 27 41
1985–86 John McDonald 39 11 24 35
1986–87 Dave Capuano 38 18 41 59
1987–88 Dave Capuano 42 34 51 85
1988–89 Dave Capuano 41 37 30 67
1989–90 Jean-Yves Roy 46 39 26 65
1990–91 Jean-Yves Roy 43 37 45 82
1991–92 Jim Montgomery 37 21 44 65
1992–93 Paul Kariya 39 25 75 100
1993–94 Mike Latendresse 33 20 19 39
1994–95 Jeff Tory 40 13 42 55
1995–96 Shawn Wansborough+ 36 27 16 43
1995–96 Dan Shermerhorn+ 39 20 23 43
1996–97 Steve Kariya 35 19 31 50
1997–98 Steve Kariya 35 25 25 50
1998–99 Steve Kariya 41 27 38 65
1999-00 Cory Larose 39 15 36 51
2000–01 Martin Kariya 39 12 24 36
2001–02 Niko Dimitrakos 43 20 31 51
2002–03 Martin Kariya 39 14 36 50
2003–04 Colin Shields 44 18 26 44
2004–05 Derek Damon 39 14 13 27
2005–06 Greg Moore 41 28 16 44
2006–07 Josh Soares+ 40 20 25 45
2006–07 Michel Levielle+ 40 19 26 45
2007–08 Wes Clark 30 10 11 21
2008–09 Gustav Nyquist 38 13 19 32
2009–10 Gustav Nyquist 39 19 42 61
2010–11 Gustav Nyquist 36 18 33 51
2011–12 Spencer Abbott 39 21 41 62
2012–13 Devin Shore 38 6 20 26
2013–14 Devin Shore 35 14 29 43
2014–15 Devin Shore 39 14 21 35
2015–16 Blaine Byron 38 8 16 24
2016–17 Blaine Byron 36 18 23 41
2017-18 Mitchell Fossier 37 12 22 34
2018-19 Mitchell Fossier 36 8 28 36
2019-20 Mitchell Fossier 34 10 32 42
2020-21 Adam Dawe 16 5 9 14
2021-22 Lynden Breen 33 9 16 25
2022-23 Lynden Breen 36 21 15 36

The (+) denotes a tie in total points at the end of the season.

References edit

  1. ^ Colors – Branding Toolbox – University of Maine. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Maine Shirts". Archived from the original on July 23, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
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